Northeast Ohio’s Physical Therapy Clinic Offers Hope and Healing for Common Problems

Do you or someone you know struggle with bladder or pelvic floor issues – so bad that it stops you from doing activities that you love like walking, running, exercising or being intimate? Then this article is for you!

Many people know there is physical therapy for orthopedic problems like knee and shoulder pain, but did you know there is a local clinic that specializes in treating pelvic issues? Healthy Core Wellness & Rehab, LTD is located in south Hudson and has been in business for 13 years.

Janine Laughlin, a physical therapist for 29 years, opened the business in 2009 in order for women to have a place to seek help with unresolved issues, especially after childbirth and abdominal or pelvic surgery. The business has recently expanded to include two doctorate-level physical therapists who specialize in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Joanna Pavlak and Regina Saxon have joined the team and are ready to help you tackle your pelvic floor dysfunction. Common problems treated include urinary incontinence (involuntary loss of bladder control), frequent urination, pelvic pain, hip pain, sacroiliac dysfunction, back pain, diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles), menstrual cramps and pain with intimacy. Healthy Core was born out of the frustration of not having a place to get help for these problems as many healthcare providers are not trained in or do not understand pelvic floor concerns. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles at the bottom of the pelvis that function to hold up organs, support the back and maintain bladder, bowel and sexual function. The muscles are attached to the inside of the hip, the deep abdominal fascia and are influenced by tension or adhesions elsewhere in the body including the jaw and upper back, which is why it is necessary to have a full-body approach in treating pelvic floor issues. Everyone has a pelvic floor and these problems are not unique to women.

How do you know if you have pelvic floor dysfunction?
• Do you stop at every bathroom, making more than eight trips to the bathroom in a day?

• Do you leak even a few drops of urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or exercise?

• Do you ever have a sudden and uncontrollable need to urinate?

• Do you have an inability to completely empty your bladder?

• Do you ever experience bladder pressure, a “falling out” feeling or pain with sitting?

• Are you unable to complete a pelvic floor contraction, known as a Kegel?

• Do you have abdominal weakness despite doing core exercise?

• Do you experience debilitating menstrual cramping, hip pain, or pelvic pain?

• Do you have pain or discomfort with intimacy?

If you answered yes to any of these questions and medical causes have been ruled out, you could have pelvic floor dysfunction. When you visit the clinic, you will feel immediately relaxed in the healing environment designed purposely to help calm the nervous system which, in turn, helps muscles relax. You will be taken to a private room to discuss your issue and specific goals. Your physical therapist will evaluate you from head to toe to identify muscle imbalances, areas of tightness or restriction and muscle weakness. You will receive hands-on treatment at each visit, along with exercises to retrain breathing patterns and the inner core muscles.

Treatment can include dry needling, visceral mobilization (myofascial release around deep structures including organs) and the use of therapeutic tools including cups, fascial tools, Hypervolt and kinesio-tape. You will feel results almost immediately with most individuals resolving their issues within four to six visits. In addition, the team at Healthy Core offers wellness options to keep your body healthy beyond physical therapy treatment.

The Healthy Core team is equipped to help with bladder, pelvic issues, back pain and more. Ohio is a direct-access state so a referral for physical therapy is not necessary, although referrals are accepted.

Healthy Core Wellness & Rehab, LTD is located at 1330 Corporate Dr., Suite 500. For questions or to schedule a free virtual consultation, call 330-528-0034, email or visit the website at There is hope and healing – you do not have to live with pelvic floor dysfunction.

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